Onno Leraar

I hadn’t heard of Lyme disease before falling ill. My parents’ dog, a Stabyhoun, frequently had ticks from running through spinneys. We simply removed these ticks between finger and thumb. I also ran regularly through the woods; on the paths and for most of the year in shorts. To put it bluntly, I paid no attention whatsoever to the consequences of a possible tick bite, let alone with the ticks themselves.

I worked in the garden the weekend of 26 & 27 May 2007. In the morning of 27 May I noticed my hand and fingers were swollen; hot to the touch, stiff and red. I didn’t know the cause. Towards the end of the afternoon I went to my doctor’s service, and was told to keep it cool. Most probably an insect bite. The following day the swelling, heat and stiffness lessened.

Over the summer holidays my training for the 4 mile Groningen race became harder and harder, as did gardening. I stayed at home sick from 10 September 2007. According to my GP and occupational GP it was a virus infection. The symptoms included fatigue, chronic headaches, tingling in my left arm, inexplicable muscle aches, pain in my knee joint, inflammations – primarily in the neck, mood swings, sleep problems, hot flashes and chest pressure. In October 2007 I was referred to the hospital. The neurologist suggested Lyme disease. Bloods were taken and a lumbar puncture done. The tests did not show any indication of Lyme disease. Around mid November 2007 I was sent to hospital with heart complaints. All sorts of tests were carried out. Eventually the diagnosis was that my blood pressure was far too high and the cardiac muscle had thickened. I was given medication for my blood pressure; it proved difficult to reduce the high blood pressure to the standard 90/140. In January 2008 I was rushed to hospital by ambulance with heart complaints. No diagnosis was made and the symptoms were attributed to hyperventilation. According to my GP it involved psychosomatic symptoms and I was referred to a psychologist. This stopped after just two appointments however. Around mid February 2008 I resumed work again. In October 2008 I started a training course for two days a week, which lasted eight months. During this period the previously mentioned symptoms of chronic headaches, inexplicable muscle aches, fatigue, pain in the knee joint and back and inflammation of the neck glands continued. According to my GP my bloods were fine with regard to these inflammations; the penny didn’t drop with him.

Eventually, in January 2009, I decided to have my blood tested in Cologne. From this it transpired there were indications of a Borrelia infection. Upon the recommendation of the Dutch Association for Lyme Disease Patients my GP put me on a course of antibiotics and I was referred to the Radboud hospital in Nijmegen. My GP wasn’t interested in the results from Cologne, and the Radboud had a waiting list. Consequently, I went to the University Medical Centre in Groningen, which in hindsight I shouldn’t have done. Here they ridiculed the tests undertaken in Cologne and my symptoms weren’t taken seriously. Everyone has some symptom or another, and I certainly didn’t have Lyme disease.

In the meantime, from February 2009 onwards, my symptoms steadily worsened, and two new symptoms appeared. I started to get ringing in my ears and my vision deteriorated, namely, everything swimming before my eyes. I still have trouble with both eyes. What with the worsening of the symptoms and the new symptoms on top, my short-term absence rapidly lengthened. Luckily I was able to complete the training course in June 2009 with the submission of my thesis.

The company doctor suggested I go to Bremen or Hamburg. Coincidentally, I had been given the address of a doctor in Bremen by a work colleague, who themselves had been successfully treated for Lyme disease. I phoned the doctor in Bremen and made an appointment. Based on the symptoms I was prescribed a course of antibiotics and extensive bloods were taken, including an LLT. This showed that I was infected with Borrelia. I started the course of antibiotics around mid June 2009 (8 weeks 400mg doxycycline daily), and I took long-term sick leave. After a week’s holiday I was brought back home. I also started to psychically research the other side of the Lyme disease coin. Through non-stop worrying about the future and due to the sleeping problems I became more and more sombre, had panic attacks and was highly stressed. Upon the company doctor’s recommendation I started seeing a psychiatrist in October 2009. I was given Lexapro, Oxazepam and Diazepam. The last two I took sparingly as I was still sceptical about these medications. I also went to Germany regularly for blood tests, to see if the course of antibiotics had been successful and in November 2009 I started the second course. This second course was much heavier and lasted far longer. The course consisted of hydroxychloroquine (Quensyl) 200mg every 2 days and 200mg minocycline daily, and lasted 17 weeks. Either the blood tests stayed negative or the disease recurred after a short while. The symptoms worsened. In June 2010 I started my third course. This course was even heavier than before and for the first three days of the week consisted of 600mg azithromycin (Ultreon) daily, 200mg doxycycline twice a day, and 200mg hydroxychloroquine (Quensyl) twice day; for 18 weeks. Over and above the antibiotics I was also given probiotics to try and relieve the intestines as much as possible. The first results following the course remained negative, however in December the results were positive. I started to feel physically better; however, from May 2011 onwards I felt the disease had returned, which was indeed confirmed by means of a blood test in Bremen at the end of May. Once again I started with the antibiotics and this course would consist of 6 weeks of a daily intake of 600mg Ultreon (Azithromycin). I didn’t take to this at all though, as on the one hand, each week my kidneys and liver had to be checked, and on the other hand, during the last course of antibiotics I suffered with hallucinations.

Between June 2009 and mid December 2009 I was very ill again. After that I slowly resumed work, under the supervision of a psychiatrist at work. Finally, since the end of October 2010 I was working full-time again; however in May 2011 the results came back negative and I was very ill again until December 2011. In September 2011 I started treatment with Erik Noteboom. To start with I was highly sceptical and negative but was though open to the treatment. I’ve been working full-time again since December 2011, without remission. I was though susceptible to the ‘flu and such like from my children to start with. In February 2012 during the icy weather I was able to skate around 40km of an afternoon on the lake behind our house. This told me things were on the up, and cycling to work without any preconceptions became easier and easier. In May 2012 I underwent a fitness test at the University Medical Centre in Groningen which showed that my condition ranged between good to very good. Soon after this I started running again and twice I ran for half an hour without stopping. It went very smoothly. I can’t go to bed too late though. But I’m just delighted I’ve come this far.

From the moment that my high blood pressure was detected it has been hard to get it back within the standard 90/140, despite the Olmetec and later on, the Beta blockers. Because my heart rate is between 45-50 bpm, my GP referred me to a dietician. I was overweight (108kg) and I ate too much. I knew this already but this didn’t offer up a solution for the too-high blood pressure. Luckily, around mid July I was given Erik Noteboom’s address. Just before the summer holidays in 2011 I was treated with Erik’s Bionic 880. During the least two weeks of the summer holidays my feet were no longer heavy, stiff or painful.

After the summer holidays, at the start of September 2011, I started with the Bionic 880 in combination with the by Erik Noteboom developed and built LTN-4 and LTN-4 PRO. On top of this Erik advised me to take vitamins daily. During the treatment I took 1000 mg vitamin B-100 Complex three times a day as well as 1000mg vitamin C three times a day and vitamin D-3 (25μg) 8000 IU daily.

At the start, during the bioresonance therapy, the kidneys, liver and heart received primary treatment. The disease, along with its coinfections and the Herpes, were also treated by means of the Bionic 880 in combination with the LTN-4 and LTN-4 PRO. In addition to this an allergy test was carried out and I was also treated for fungi. The more the treatment progressed the more intense it became, increasing from one to two treatments a week, and the treatment itself was extended to a final 5 hours at a time. As such the lymph glands and even the hypothalamus are treated to stimulate the detoxication process. To begin with, the day after the treatment I was bushed and had a lot of headaches. These were detoxication symptoms for which I took Chlorella tablets. I also drank two to three litres of water a day. At the beginning I also followed two treatments – a stinging nettle and an artichoke drink.

I started to feel better around mid October 2011. The fatigue decreased and I felt more energised. The ringing in my ears also lessened. The inexplicable pains in my back and knees disappeared. My blood pressure also improved. Upon Erik’s advice I bought a blood pressure cuff, to take a blood pressure reading each week. In November 2011 I decided to drop the Beta blockers and upon a doctor’s recommendation I take Ubiquinol daily. I’ve been working full-time again since mid December 2011; I cycle into work and I still visit Erik once a month. The Lyme disease has disappeared, although I did have a couple of coinfections back in December, but these will disappear over time.  From a preventative viewpoint, and upon Erik’s request, in February 2012 I started with a course against parasites. In a nutshell, thanks to Erik the old Onno is back. I eat less and have as a result lost 12 kilos. Slowly but surely I’ve managed to get my life back on track.

Onno Leeraar